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The Massacre of the Innocents

The subject is from Matthew II, 16-18: having learnt from the wise men of the birth in Bethlehem of the King of the Jews, Herod ordered that the young children of the city be put to death. The picture was begun in 1647, or shortly after, but was left unfinished probably until the mid-1660s, when it was completed for Gédé​on Berbier du Metz, keeper of the Royal Treasury. There are several preliminary drawings in the Louvre.

Currently on display

Artist
Charles Le Brun
Date
mid-1660s
Location
Gallery 4
Dimensions
133 x 187.4 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG202